BC Bears’ squad announced flying to Calgary for 2017 CRCs

After a convincing opening victory on home soil, BC Bears travel to Calgary with their sights set on bringing home the MacTier Cup.

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BC Bears 2017 Canadian Rugby Championships. Image credit: Ilanna Barkusky, courtesy of BC Rugby

BC Rugby is proud to announce the BC Bears team ahead of their remaining matches in the 2017 Canadian Rugby Championships (CRCs), sponsored by Langara Fishing Adventures.  Lead by Canadian and BC stalwarts Phil Mack and Anthony Luca, the team has already secured one victory in this year’s championship and are looking for more.  Rugby Park in Calgary will host the remaining matches between the 13th and 19th August, with BC keen to dethrone reigning champions Ontario Blues.

The BC Bears kicked off their CRC campaign with a comprehensive victory over Calgary Wolf Pack, winning 43-0 on home soil at UBC Thunderbird Stadium in front of a vocal crowd.  They will now set their sights on overhauling Atlantic Rock on August 13th before a crunch match with 2016 champions Ontario Blues on August 16th.  Standings after that match will dictate who will compete in the final, to be held on August 19th.  The BC Bears haven’t laid their hands on the MacTier Cup, awarded to the CRC winners, since 2009.  However, their performance in the opening match suggests this year’s team could well be in with a very real shout of the title this year.

After that opening match at UBC, BC Bears’ coach Tony Healy indicated there was still much work to be done in the buildup to these remaining games.  The squad chosen to fly to Calgary contains 19 of the 23 players who took part in the first match.  Included in that list are Brock Staller, who claimed a hat trick of tries against the Wolf Pack, catalytic scrum half Phil Mack and powerhouse Anthony Luca.  New additions to the lineup include Dustin Dubrovsky, Blake Van Heningen, Karsten Laitner, Kimi Vuratunuga, Noah Barker, Rylie Darnardo, Shea Wakefield, Kevin Leask and Tua Va’a.

Canada Senior Men’s Team players Mack and Luca will bring an extra element of experience and composure to the squad off the back of the test series games against Romania, Georgie and USA in June.  With a further seven players hailing from the BC Rugby Men’s Premier League 2017 Champions, UBC Thunderbirds, there is no question that the squad is well equipped to deal with the pressure and expectation going into next week.

BC Bears’ Assistant Coach and player, Phil Mack, said he was looking forward to the challenge, stating, “We are excited to get to Calgary and compete. We are looking to build off the back of our first game and feel we have put ourselves in that position. The team have put a lot of work in and are eager to showcase what BC rugby is about. We know that if we stick to our processes that the results will take care of themselves.”

Those unable to travel to Calgary to see the action live can catch the game on live stream via Rugby Canada .

BC Bears’ Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule

Bears 43 – 0 Wolf Pack  July 14
Bears vs. Atlantic Rock  Aug 13  3pm MDT/2pm PDT
Bears vs. Ontario Blues  Aug 16  5pm MDT/4pm PDT
3rd Place Playoff  Aug 19  5pm MDT/4pm PDT
CRC Final  Aug 19  7pm MDT/6pm PDT

BC Bears’ Squad

Paul Ahn Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Noah Baker Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Luke Campbell Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Neil Courtney Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Rylie Darnardo Victoria, BC Castaway Wanderers RFC
Dustin Dubrovsky Victoria, BC Castaway Wanderers RFC
Giusseppe DuToit Victoria, BC UVIC Vikes RFC
Doug Fraser Victoria, BC Castaway Wanderers RFC
Harjun Gill Vancouver, BC UBCOB Ravens RFC
Andrew Lackner Pitt Meadows, BC Burnaby Lake RFC
Karsten Laitner Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Travis Larsen Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Kevin Leask Victoria, BC UVIC Vikes RFC
Anthony Luca Pitt Meadows, BC Burnaby Lake RFC
Phil Mack Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Craig McLaughlin Burnaby, BC Burnaby Lake RFC
Aaron McLelland Vancouver, BC UBCOB Ravens RFC
Mike Nieuwenhuysen Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Nakai Penny Comox, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Cam Polson Victoria, BC Castaway Wanderers RFC
Jordan Reid-Harvey Vancouver, BC Capilano RFC
Gavin Rowell Abbotsford, BC UVIC Vikes RFC
Brock Staller Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Tua Va’a Victoria, BC Westshore RFC
Blake Van Heningen Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Kimi Vuratunuga Vancouver, BC Burnaby Lake RFC
Shea Wakefield Victoria, BC James Bay AA
Connor Weyell Vancouver, BC UBC Thunderbirds RFC

 

Staff
Tony Healy Head Coach
Phil Mack Assistant Coach
Des Lynch Manager/Mental Skills Coach

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